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.

More on Defense

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to the recent United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel and calls for the U.N. resolution to be repealed.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.

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On the first anniversary of the Obama Administration’s ill-conceived Iran Nuclear Deal, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) has supported a package of three bills to curtail Iran’s ability to support terrorism and impose sanctions on the belligerent regime.  Barletta voted in favor of legislation to punish Iran for its support for terrorism, ballistic missile program, and rampant human rights violations, and to require the president to report to Congress on efforts to retrieve Americans being held prisoner in Iran.  In addition, he supported bills to block Iranian

Jul 5, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that he would not recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her private email server:

Jun 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued a second statement regarding the Obama Administration’s release of censored transcripts of the 911 calls placed by the shooter in the Orlando terrorist attack.  Following widespread criticism of its redacted release, the Department of Justice has reversed its earlier decision and released transcripts that include the shooter’s references to his motives and his pledge of allegiance to the Islamic terror organization ISIS.  Those references had been scrubbed in the initial transcripts released by the administration. 

Jun 20, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued a statement regarding the Obama Administration’s release of censored transcripts of the 911 calls placed by the shooter in the Orlando terrorist attack.  In the released transcripts, the shooter’s references to his motives and his pledge of allegiance to the Islamic terror organization ISIS have been scrubbed.  Those deleted proclamations by the shooter have already been widely publicized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and many members of the news media.

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release

Click here or on image for video of Rep. Barletta arguing against purchasing energy from Russia for U.S. military installations.