Defense

The most basic responsibility of the federal government is to protect our nation and its citizens.  When we fund our military, we do just that.

Since coming to Congress, I have been committed to protecting the men and women serving our country and the many military installations in Pennsylvania, such as the Carlisle Barracks, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Army War College, and Tobyhanna Army Depot.  I recognize the jobs these installations provide are critical to our local economy, and most importantly they support the safety of our troops and the security of our country.

Moving forward, I believe the safety of our nation and preparedness of our military forces should remain a top priority.  I will continue to ensure that we have the tools necessary to remain vigilant in an ever changing world, while also making common-sense decisions to save taxpayer dollars where possible, in areas that will not affect the safety or success of our troops and missions.

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May 24, 2017 Press Release

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May 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House Homeland Security Committee yesterday passed legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to strengthen information sharing between local, state, and federal law enforcement.  The DHS Classified Facility Inventory Act, H.R. 2443, requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to maintain an inventory of all “SCIFs,” or facilities that are certified to store information classified above the Secret level.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

Barletta meeting with members of the Lower Paxton Township Police Department on May 10, 2017.

Apr 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement in response to U.S. missile strikes at the Shayrat Airfield in Syria yesterday:

“President Trump took decisive action to send a message to the world that our nation will not stand by while a dictator brutally murders civilians, including women and children.  The targeted missile strikes on the airfield from where the Syrian government launched the gas attack were a necessary and proportionate response.  I fully support the president's move.”

 

Mar 30, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the introduction of a bill he co-sponsored that would help to pay for President Donald J. Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border.  Introduced by Rep. Mike D. Rogers (AL-03), with additional sponsors Reps. Mo Brooks (AL-05) and Matt Gaetz (FL-01), the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017 would impose a two percent fee on all remittances, or wire transfers, headed south of the U.S. border and dedicate a portion of that revenue to help fund the president’s proposed border wall.

Mar 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today applauded President Trump’s latest executive order, which pauses the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. It also suspends the issuance of new visas for 90 days for individuals from six countries that either are designated as state sponsors of terrorism, or have become terrorist hotbeds.  The six countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

Feb 7, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Barletta speaks with Gen. John Kelly (Ret.), the new Secretary of Homeland Security, prior to a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Click here or on image for video of Rep. Barletta’s Q&A with Gen. Kelly.

Jan 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted in favor of a resolution that objects to the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel and calls for the U.N. resolution to be repealed.  The legislation, H. Res. 11, Objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an Obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian Peace, notes that the Obama Administration failed to uphold longstanding United States policy to oppose or veto any anti-Israel resolutions considered by the Security Council.  The bill also expresses the sense of the U.S.

Dec 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced the list of nominees from Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District to attend the United States service academies.  Students who expressed interest in attending a service academy were interviewed by an independent review board of community leaders and representatives of the military community, which made final recommendations.

Sep 15, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today supported legislation to block the handover of detainees from the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to other countries, a move designed to counter the Obama Administration’s increased pace and number of transferals.  When President Obama assumed office, there were 240 detainees at the facility, also known as Gitmo.  Today there are 61, while many of the released terrorism suspects are believed to have returned to the battlefield.  The legislation, H.R.