From my first day in office, I have been focused on getting Americans back to work.  Local unemployment rates in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District have remained higher than state and national averages for far too long.

I have taken steps to ensure that Americans get jobs.  In the 112th Congress, I voted for and the House of Representatives passed more than 50 jobs bills to empower small business owners, fix the tax code, increase the competitiveness for U.S. manufacturers, encourage entrepreneurship and growth, and maximize domestic energy production.  Thirty-nine of these important bills died in the Senate, including my own bill, the Disaster Loan Fairness Act (H.R. 6296).

I believe the key to job creation and economic recovery is found in small, private businesses.  After starting a small business on a $29.95 investment and growing it into the sixth-largest business of its kind in the nation, I understand the importance of policies that will encourage businesses to hire employees.  Right now, the federal government is too big, too intrusive, and too expensive to allow the private sector to create jobs.  We need to make sure young people today have enough confidence in the economy to take a risk and start their own business.

Additionally, raising taxes on small businesses will only weaken our job-creating environment.  I supported legislation to provide permanent tax relief for 99 percent of American taxpayers (H.R. 8).  It makes permanent 90 percent of the tax policies enacted in President Bush's term a decade ago, including the capital gains and dividends tax rates for middle-class families.  It also permanently alters the estate tax, the so-called ‘death tax,’ so family farms and small businesses aren't crippled after the passing of a loved one.

More on Jobs

Mar 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today applauded the Trump Administration’s Energy Independence Executive Order, which rolls-back regulatory overreach included in the Obama Administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan.  The new executive order takes a number of steps to reduce unnecessary Obama-era regulations that hinder American job creation, reduce our energy independence, and raise energy costs.  Barletta previously sponsored two resolutions and signed an amicus brief in the D.C.

Feb 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) has introduced legislation that protects people who are legally authorized to work in the United States by clarifying that illegal immigrants granted amnesty by executive action cannot be issued work permits.  The Defense of Legal Workers Act (H.R.

Feb 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted to overturn the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) “Stream Buffer Rule,” which has the effect of killing jobs at coal mines that have virtually no environmental impact off-site.  Among other requirements, the rule mandates a 100-foot buffer between coal mines and nearby streams, although DOI’s own reports show that almost all coal mines have no off-site impact, mines are being operated safely, and that lands are being restored successfully under existing federal and state regulations.  Barletta was an original cospon

Jan 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to keep state correctional institutions (SCI) in Northeast Pennsylvania open, while closing one in Pittsburgh.  Wolf had been reportedly considering closing two prisons from a list of five, including SCI-Retreat, SCI-Frackville, and SCI-Waymart.  Wolf has announced that only SCI-Pittsburgh will be closed.

Jan 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued a statement regarding President Trump’s executive actions to clear the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects.  The Obama Administration had held up both projects, most notably Keystone XL, which has been in the works for more than eight years.

Jan 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted in favor of legislation that makes it easier for Congress to block last minute rules and regulations issued by outgoing presidential administrations.  The Midnight Rules Relief Act, H.R.

Dec 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for legislation which addresses the infrastructure needs of the U.S. waterway system and also allows states to develop their own enforcement programs for the recycling and disposal of coal ash. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, S.

Nov 29, 2016 Press Release

NEW YORK CITY – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today met with President-Elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower to discuss the presidential transition.  Barletta is a member of the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee.

Following the meeting, Barletta met with reporters.  The following are excerpts of his conversation with the press:

Barletta: It was great.  We had a good conversation.  We talked about many issues concerning the country and talked about the President-Elect’s ideas moving forward.

Oct 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today looked back on the 114th Congress and highlighted his record of achievement in a variety of areas, including saving taxpayers more than $3 billion, combating the opioid epidemic, negotiating a new Highway Bill, protecting the steel industry, and strengthening after school programs for children.  The 114th Congress opened in January 2015 and already has concluded much of its business leading into its final session days in November and December of this year.  The 114th Congress has constituted Barletta’s third term in the U.

Sep 29, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) backed legislation that delays an Obama Administration rule that would more than double the salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime pay, reducing opportunities for workers and hurting nonprofits, colleges, and universities.  Barletta was an original cosponsor of H.R.