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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Daily Caller- Sanctuary Cities In Crosshairs Of Capitol Hill Lawmakers

WASHINGTON–A handful of bills from Capitol Hill targeting the more than 200 sanctuary cities were proposed by at least three different GOP members in both chambers, but some wonder if passing such laws would solve anything

Unless laws at the federal level are enforced, Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Lou Barletta says he is doubtful legislation holding sanctuary cities accountable for not cooperating with federal authorities on alien detainers will be effective.

“There’s not a will here in Congress to deal with it. There’s a lot of talk and we’ll see a lot of new laws introduced. We don’t need to be introducing law after law after law,” Barletta told The Daily Caller. “We need to begin to enforce laws that we already have and that’s what my bill will do. It will punish mayors who decide that they will not enforce federal laws that are already on the books.”


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In Focus: Native son Lou Barletta returns to Hazleton to talk about threats at home

The city’s native son returned Wednesday to talk about threats at home.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, said he enjoys coming home and he got to renew friendships with about 50 members of the Hazleton Rotary Club at Genetti’s on Route 309.

Barletta gave an update on goings-on in Washington and he took questions from the audience. He talked about his family and his Yankees. He was at ease speaking to the group, but he showed his deep concern for the threat of terrorism in the United States.

In Washington, as a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Barletta has even more serious concerns about people coming into the country. But these people are not just immigrants. They include U.S. citizens who have been identified as trained terrorists.

Barletta says the Americans have traveled to Syria for training with the terrorist group ISIS. He said they are allowed back into the country when their training is complete.

“The goal of ISIS is to attack us here on our soil and to threaten our way of life,” Barletta said. “There is no doubt in my mind that they will continue to do this.”

Barletta said he has expressed concern about Syrian refugees being admitted to the U.S. At a recent House Homeland Security Committee hearing he quizzed experts on the extent of U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities while the State Department considers admitting up to 2,000 Syrian refugees in the coming year.

There was some talk about other issues, like how the government has too much office space and how he and his Public Buildings and Management Subcommittee has saved taxpayers some $2.5 billion in two short years.

But on this day, Barletta, now the grandfather of three, talked about his major concern. He wanted to let the 50 Rotarians know about the serious threat of terrorism on U.S. soil.

He wanted them to know because he wants every American to know.

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Obama health care law survives second Supreme Court fight

The Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, embodied the Republican party’s disapproval in a statement Thursday, condemning the court’s decision and throwing his support behind “a market based approach.”

 

“Obamacare has been a deeply flawed and poorly drafted law since its inception,” Barletta said. “I disagree with this ruling, but we must move forward.”

 

House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, said Republicans will continue efforts to repeal the law and replace it with “patient-centered solutions.”

 

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BARLETTA COSPONSORS BILL TO BLOCK NEW BUILDING FOR AMNESTY PLANS

Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today co-sponsored legislation to prohibit the Obama Administration from leasing a new $7.8 million, 11-story building near Washington, DC, which is being planned to house thousands of new government employees to process the president’s illegal executive actions on immigration. Barletta introduced the “No Office Space for Executive Amnesty Act” along with Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04).

“Although federal judges have blocked President Obama’s unlawful executive amnesty for the time being, it is still important that we do all that we can to prevent its implementation. The president is trying to introduce five million more competitors into an already-tight job market at a time when 20 million Americans cannot find work,” said Barletta, who is Chairman of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Guest Editorial: National military cemeteries should remain places of honor

In 1997, with the nation still reeling following the Oklahoma City bombing, many were rightly concerned that convicted terrorist Timothy McVeigh — a Gulf War veteran — would be buried with honors in a military cemetery. To address those fears, Congress passed a law prohibiting those convicted of capital crimes from being buried in Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries or Arlington National Cemetery. Unfortunately, that law has not always been followed, resulting in the hallowed ground of national military cemeteries to be tainted by the burial of murderers convicted of the most heinous crimes imaginable.

The Bertie’s Respect for National Cemeteries Act addresses George Emery Siple and other cases like his. The legislation:

  • Requires Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries and Arlington Cemetery to take every reasonable action to ensure that a veteran is eligible to be buried, including searching public criminal records.
  • Clarifies Congress’s original intent by providing the Department of Veterans Affairs the explicit authority to remove veterans convicted of capital crimes that were wrongly buried after 1997.
  • Specifically provides for the removal of George Emery Siple from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Our brave men and women in uniform have sacrificed so that all Americans may remain free, and they should be afforded every right, privilege, and honor they have earned. The cemeteries we reserve for them should not be sullied by those who have been convicted of horrific violent crimes.

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DOT on truck size and weight: We need more data

MAP-21 directed USDOT to study the issues associated with trucks operating within and in excess of current size and weight limits and assess the impacts on safety, pavement and bridge deterioration, enforcement and shifts to other modes of transport, such as rail.

Rep. Lou Barletta, (R-Pa.) has long argued that any study undertaken should include an examination of the impact of larger and heavier trucks on local roads and bridges, rather than just interstates and primary roads. “As a former mayor, I know first-hand how much of a toll trucks take on roads and bridges and the impact that has on budgets that are already strapped,” he said. “The fact that there wasn’t enough information to make a recommendation after a study to increase truck size and weight limit is good news for every city, town and county.”

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Don’t let trade cheaters off the hook

The American steel industry is under attack from a surge of unfairly traded imports across a wide range of products from a variety of countries, many of whom continue to disrupt world markets by subsidizing the production of steel products and dumping those products in the U.S. market. U.S. trade remedy laws are the only means by which the steel industry can mitigate the harm from unfair imports and help prevent more plants from being idled and more workers from losing their jobs.

 

On behalf of the American steel industry, I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican from Hazleton, for his tenacious support of steel producers and our workers by co-sponsoring the American Trade Enforcement Effectiveness Act, which would improve the effectiveness of our trade laws, and for signing letters to House leadership on trade enforcement.

Thomas J. Gibson

Washington, D.C.

Gibson is the president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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PA-11: Barletta Endorses Santorum’s Presidential Campaign

Former Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has announced the endorsement of Congressman Lou Barletta for his 2016 presidential campaign.

“I am proud to endorse Rick Santorum for President. Senator Santorum is one of our nation’s most passionate and effective voices for hardworking American families. He understands that we need policies in Washington that put the American worker first, not big government or big money,” said Barletta. “I am looking forward to working with the Santorum campaign.”

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