Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) asked the Obama administration to confirm whether it requested stock for new green cards in anticipation of an executive action on immigration.
In a letter made public Friday to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, Barletta questioned whether the Obama administration could actually keep up with the number of work permits, noting that it approved about 1.5 million requests for employment authorizations in 2013.
“Issuing work permits and green cards at these advertised levels would represent an astounding increase in immigration,” Barletta wrote.
He argued that the U.S. government would not be able to keep up with background checks for that number of work permits.
Candidates speaking at the Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services building Thursday evening agreed on one thing: the United States’ government is broken. Each offered their ideas about how to begin fixing it.
Barletta and Ostrowski spoke next, tackling immigration and education early on. Barletta re-affirmed his belief that immigration reform is needed and that those in the country illegally should be deported. He also said he is working to save taxpayers money.
“I realized that Washington is broken in so many ways that they don’t realize what it’s like on our streets,” he said. “My short time in Washington I’ve been very frustrated by a lot of things going on, but I’ve stood up for everything that I believe in.”
Rep. Lou Barletta said his record on fighting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is without question. He’s voted more than 50 times to “defund, derail, dismantle” President Obama’s signature law reforming health care.
But what Barletta wasn’t willing to do, he said, was shut down the government if the president didn’t repeal the law, as the more conservative wing of his party pressed for last year.
“It had no chance of passing – it had no chance – so why would we shut the government down to try to get the president to do something when it’s not going to happen?” Barletta asked during a campaign interview last week at The News-Item. “I wanted no part of it.”
What he did do is consult with a handful of like-minded House GOP members who then reached out to some House Democrats who also wanted to try something to stop the developing do-or-die scenario. The group, 10 or 12 at first, put leadership aside and began meeting secretly, Barletta said.
“We had no idea what was going to happen,” he said. “But we sat across the table and asked, ‘What can we do to stop this?'”
The group, which grew to 30 or 40, came to a consensus: its Republicans members would work to prevent a government shutdown if the Democrats would push to repeal the medical device tax from the ACA. They thought they had the votes to get it through the House, and the Senate.
WASHINGTON—The White House on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in the administration’s response to Ebola after a second Texas health-care worker was diagnosed with the virus.
Mr. Earnest said the U.S. isn’t currently considering a travel ban on flights originating from West Africa, where Ebola has become an epidemic. Rep. Lou Barletta (R., Pa.) was among the lawmakers on Wednesday who reiterated calls for such a ban.
“Unless we take the basic step of controlling access to this country, we are inviting trouble by simply asking travelers how they feel and taking their temperature,” Rep. Barletta said.
Citing concerns for public health, Rep. Lou Barletta, on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of Republicans calling on the Obama Administration to restrict travel to and from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
Barletta, of the 11th congressional district, called for an immediate ban on inbound travelers from the West African countries affected by the deadly outbreak.
“To me it seems illogical to argue that stopping passengers from entering the United States makes it more difficult to contain the disease in Africa,” he said. “Medical supplies and personnel may still enter the affected nations, and if needed, the United States military could handle transport of people and material where necessary.”
Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11) is about common-sense politics, and hopes more problems can be solved together.
Barletta visited Shippensburg Wednesday for a luncheon at Premier Events with various borough and township officials and representatives from various businesses and the public. Shippensburg Township Supervisor Steve Oldt hosted the luncheon.