In Pennsylvania, we have some of the most run-down roads and bridges in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 22 percent of our state’s roads have unacceptable pavement quality and 43 percent of our bridges are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Earlier this month, I visited the Greenfield Bridge, where another bridge had to be built underneath to protect drivers from debris falling from Greenfield’s crumbling infrastructure.
Both Republicans and Democrats agree that at the federal level, we have a constitutional responsibility to maintain our national transportation infrastructure system and find a sustainable way to pay for it.
I have been working on leveraging private sector savings on major infrastructure projects through public-private partnerships. My colleagues in the House and Senate are starting to talk about ideas to shore up the Highway Trust Fund by repatriating funds from overseas, increasing tolls on our highways, increasing taxes on heavy-duty commercial vehicles, applying the gas tax to alternative fuels, and raising revenue from oil and gas royalties on federal lands.
My constituents sent me to Congress to implement real solutions, not to just talk about ideas. Therefore, I am proud to support Ohio Republican Rep. James B. Renacci’s Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act. This commonsense legislation would create a bipartisan, bicameral committee to force Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund and provide 10 years of investment in our roads and bridges. All options are on the table. If, and only if, Congress fails to develop a solution, the bill requires modifications to the gas and diesel taxes to make up for the shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund.
Cliff Miller from the Columbia County Farm Bureau presented Barletta with the Friend of Farm Bureau award for supporting policies that eliminate excessive regulations on agriculture and help American farmers remain competitive.
“Agriculture is a major industry and job provider in Pennsylvania,” Barletta said. “We cannot let excessive regulations — such as the expansion of federal water to include mud puddles and ditches — to drive Pennsylvania farms out of business.”
Lawler, now 93, had never been on a plane, but he soon found himself shipping off to Florida to train to become a fighter pilot.
And by all accounts, he was a pretty darn good one, too.
Lawler, now a resident of The Bridges at Bent Creek in Mechanicsburg, shot down 11 enemy planes, which makes him a double ace, and the last living double ace in Pennsylvania. U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta presented Lawler with a Congressional Recognition Certificate for his service on Wednesday.
“You are a hero,” Barletta told him during a special ceremony at the facility. “Your record of service to our country should be recognized, and I have the great privilege to say thank you.”
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Saturday urged Republicans to resist calls to soften their stance on illegal immigration, saying their opposition to President Obama’s policies won’t doom national campaigns by alienating Hispanics.
Barletta, speaking to more than 150 Republicans in a ballroom at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh overlooking Point State Park, said he won a third term as mayor of Hazleton after pushing through a controversial law penalizing businesses and landlords who hired or housed illegal immigrants.
“My city was 40 percent Hispanic. I won with 90 percent of the vote. This theory that, if we stand up against illegal immigration, that immigrants won’t like us is just plain wrong,” Barletta, R-Hazleton, said at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County’s annual Spirit of Lincoln Dinner.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”