Class of 1964 remembers fallen war heroes

First came the flag bearers, then the bagpipers, then the riflemen — all marching along a new brick walkway flanked by flowers and benches, toward a monument to Hazleton’s hometown heroes, including two who never returned from Vietnam.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, presented flags from the Capitol in honor of the fallen Hazleton servicemen, whom he said “died defending our freedom.”

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U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta visits Newville

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta (R-11) stopped in Newville Friday to tour the fire company, the police station, and downtown businesses.
Barletta started his afternoon in Newville by eating lunch at Jaymee Lee’s Diner on High Street. He ate with several local officials, including State Rep. Stephen Bloom, and Cumberland County Commissioner Barbara Cross.

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Barletta wants to give towns a say on immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, said today that he will introduce a bill that will give municipalities and states a say in whether the federal government can house immigrant children in their communities through programs that have brought at least 456 young people to five centers in Pennsylvania and four teenagers to the Hazleton Area School District.

As upwards of 60,000 children and teenagers streamed across the southern border this year, the federal government has scrambled for ways to house them while the children await hearings to find out if they can remain in the United States.

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Area Veterans Awarded Long Overdue Medals

Hazleton, Luzerne County- They came together to share a special bond…a special connection..serving our nation when our nation needed them most.

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$10M state grant to aid rail bridge project

A $10 million state grant awarded to the Reading & Northern Railroad will aid in the construction of a bridge over the Lehigh River creating a railway connection to the Northeast from the Philadelphia region.

The new bridge will be located near the Lehigh Gorge trail in Kidder Township, north of Jim Thorpe and provide access from the Port of Philadelphia to northeastern United States and Canada.

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New FEMA policy stalls flood plain buyouts in Wyoming County

TUNKHANNOCK — The fate of five Wyoming County properties devastated by flooding and approved for federal buyouts hangs in limbo nearly three years after storms swept through the region.

A policy issued May 5 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency prohibits buyout money from being spent on homesteads subject to hydraulic fracturing. Such is the case for these five in Wyoming County.

At a roundtable discussion organized by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, Wednesday in Tunkhannock, EMA Director Gene Dziak told federal officials he has nearly 30 properties ruined by flood waters during hurricanes Lee and Irene approved to be bought out.

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Pennsylvania SBDC Recognizes U.S. Congressman Barletta as Small Business Champion

Barletta awarded for pro-business stance by the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have named Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, a “Small Business Champion” for his support of small business and aspiring entrepreneurs. Barletta was presented with the award by Pennsylvania SBDC State Director Christian Conroy while visiting Taylor Rental/BX3, a local equipment rental company that specializes in landscaping, environmental and Marcellus Shale-related products.

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Barletta talks tough issues with supporters in Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta assured supporters Saturday morning that he’s not afraid to take a stand on tough issues.

“If I should lose an election because I stood up for what I believe in, then I’d rather lose,” he said.

Barletta, R-Hazleton, and his campaign treated about 25 of his volunteers and supporters to breakfast at Ollie’s An American Restaurant. Barletta is facing a challenge for his seat in the 11th Congressional District in November’s general election from Democrat Andy Ostrowski of Dauphin County.

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Barletta and Toomey back VA reform bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-11) and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) recently voted for a bill that will overhaul the Veterans Administration and provide veterans with more responsive and accessible health care, according to statements from their offices.

The Veterans Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act (H.R. 3230) is the product of a House-Senate conference committee and passed the House by a vote of 420-to-5. It also passed the Senate 91-3. The bill now goes to the President to sign into law.

“This is a big step in the right direction towards ensuring that our veterans have the care they need and deserve,” Barletta said. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for the country they love, and it is the least we can do to keep the promise we made to provide them with quality health care.”

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