Jobs

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

May 18, 2017 Press Release

Barletta testifying at the public hearing on trade deficits.

 

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Barletta touring the Luzerne County Community College career and technical programs.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) yesterday voted for legislation that would grant workers the flexibility to choose paid time off as compensation for working overtime hours.  While public-sector employees have been given this choice for nearly 30 years, the federal government currently prohibits private-sector workers from enjoying the same benefit.  The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, H.R.

Apr 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) yesterday voted for legislation that would grant workers the flexibility to choose paid time off as compensation for working overtime hours.  While public-sector employees have been given this choice for nearly 30 years, the federal government currently prohibits private-sector workers from enjoying the same benefit.  The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, H.R.

Apr 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), a group representing companies in the construction, mining, energy, forestry, power generation, agriculture, and industrial applications industries, yesterday awarded Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) with its 2017 Legislative Leadership Award.  Barletta was nominated because of his commitment to investing in our nation’s infrastructure, lowering taxes, eliminating unnecessary regulatory burdens, and supporting career and technical education training.

Apr 6, 2017 Press Release

Click here to watch a video of Barletta speaking during the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing.

 

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 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