GOP rep. files bill to revamp truck safety scoring

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) has filed legislation to revamp the Department of Transportation’s system for measuring the safety of trucking and bus companies.

Barletta said the measure, which has been dubbed the Safer Trucks and Buses Act, is needed because truck companies are unfairly penalized for minor infrastructions under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s current Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) scoring system.

“A faulty safety score might as well be no safety score,” Barletta said in a statement.  “I have four daughters, and I want the roads to be safe. Unfortunately, companies across the country and in Pennsylvania are being unfairly misrepresented by their safety scores, causing economically devastating impacts to these bus and truck companies, many of which are small businesses.”

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Obama Policies Favor Illegal Immigrants Over American Citizens

We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to preserve American jobs and to protect national security. President Barack Obama’s unlawful executive actions to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants violate both of those principles. Any objective review must find that the president’s policies have placed the concerns of those who have broken our laws ahead of the interests of citizens and legal residents of the United States.

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Barletta bill exempting volunteer firefighters from Obamacare mandate heads back to Senate

Republican Pennsylvania congressman Lou Barletta is hoping that the third time is the charm for a bill that cleared the U.S. House on Tuesday.

His legislation to ensure that volunteer firefighters are not counted as full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate had passed the House twice before Tuesday’s 415-0 vote. Both last year and in January, the bill also had unanimous support.

The week after that February vote, Barletta reintroduced the bill, which he says would protect volunteer fire companies from becoming liable for health care costs under Obamacare requirements.

“Our volunteer firefighters have a hard enough time raising money needed for basic equipment,” he said. “They cannot afford to pay for health insurance or pay a fine on top of it.”

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Congressman Lou Barletta renews call to fix ACA unintendend consequence

A midstate congressman is hoping the third time is the charm in his effort to exempt volunteer firefighters from the federal Affordable Care Act.

Republican Lou Barletta, whose district includes all of Columbia and parts of Cumberland, Dauphin, Northumberland and Perry counties, has seen his proposal pass twice in the House.

But, it failed to make it through the Senate either time.

He says his measure would keep volunteer fire fighters and emergency responders from being classified as employees under the ACA.

“They should not be threatened with an unintended consequence as having to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare,” he said during an appearance at the Lingelstown Fire Company #1 in Dauphin County. “Because if that were the case, it would close firehouses all across the country. They could never afford to provide health insurance to the volunteers or pay a $3,000 fine per employee.”

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House OKs Barletta amendment for SHINE-like programs

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Thursday successfully offered an amendment to the Student Success Act, which requires localities to document what they are doing to implement before-school, after-school or summer programs for children.

“We already know after-school programs help keep kids safe, improve academic performance and help working families across America,” Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, said on the House floor. “The benefits of these programs span all aspects of our communities.”

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Lou Barletta: Obama Keystone XL veto is triumph of politics over common sense

Rep. Lou Barletta on Tuesday issued harsh criticism of President Obama’s veto of legislation that would have immediately authorized construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“President Obama’s veto is a triumph of politics over common sense,” said Barletta, a Republican who represents the 11th congressional district. “His own State Department completed five reviews, totaling more than 22,000 pages, and concluded that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a project that will create jobs, and actually improve safety and the environment.”

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War measure aimed at ISIS up for debate

The Obama administrations resolution authorizing military force, including boots on the ground, to defeat ISIS is will be debated when Congress is back in session Tuesday, and already both sides of the aisle are gearing up for a fight — with Democrats looking to restrict the president’s ability to widen a war, and the Republicans looking to increase presidential war power.

“I welcome the president’s resolution and eagerly await the debate and vote,” said Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton. “While the details are still in flux, I anticipate that I will support the United States moving forward to fight the growing threat that is the Islamic State.

“I am disturbed, however, that this administration is consistently behind the curve when it comes to confronting the threats that face our country,” he said.

 

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Rep. Lou Barletta: Protect security, preserve U.S. jobs

When the White House criticized the federal ruling blocking the president’s executive amnesty, the press secretary said, “The Supreme Court and Congress have made clear that the federal government can set priorities in enforcing our immigration laws.”

In that simple sentence lies the problem with this administration. This president — or any other — does not embody the entire federal government. The Constitution also empowers two other branches: the judiciary and the legislature. This nation long ago rejected a mon­archical form of government.

Granting amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants makes it impossible to process applicants and screen out those who might be a threat to this country. Likewise, the mass influx of newly legalized workers introduces new competition for legal workers who are already finding it difficult to find a job.

The United States has immigration laws for two basic reasons: to protect national security and to preserve American jobs. President Obama’s unlawful executive actions violate both of those principles.

In short, the Texas judge’s ruling is correct, and the lawsuit brought by 26 states — a majority — should be allowed to proceed.

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Local politicos weigh in on Obama’s budget

Barletta, of Hazleton, called the president “reckless” for boosting spending while failing to ensure reform to Social Security and Medicare to avoid their oncoming deficits. He agreed with the concept, if not the specifics, of the president’s push for more money for roads, bridges and other infrastructure and middle class tax relief, he said.

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Lou Barletta pushes fingerprint immigration bill

Rep. Lou Barletta is pushing a bill that would use fingerprint technology to keep track of foreign visitors who overstay their visas.

The 11th congressional district Republican, who serves in the House Homeland Security Committee, on Wednesday gave his approval to the Secure Our Borders First Act, which would implement a biometric exit system, specifically fingerprinting. The system would allow immigration authorities to track people who arrive in the United States on a visa, allowing authorities to determine if and when they depart.

“We know that about 40 percent of all people who are in this country illegally did not cross what we think of as a traditional border,”  said Barletta, who this week was named to the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee.  “They arrive in this country on a visa, the visa expires, and they simply never go home.  What this means is that if your state is home to an international airport, you effectively live in a border state.”

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