Economy & Spending

Our nation faces a serious debt problem.  There is no question that the federal government is on an unsustainable spending spree.  Our national debt is more than $16 trillion — higher than any time in American history, and growing.  Every child born today already owes more than $53,000 to our government's creditors.

Across Pennsylvania and our nation, families and businesses operate under a budget.  They are forced to live within their means.  I believe that the government must scale back its spending and draft its budget the same way millions of American families do each and every day. 

I support a balanced budget and a Balanced Budget Amendment, which would prohibit the federal government from spending more money than it takes in.  This would require the president to submit an annual balanced budget to Congress.  The president and the Senate have no plan to balance the budget. 

In a related manner, I have been working to reduce the size, scope, and spending of the Legislative Branch.  In the 112th Congress, with my support, Congressional staff salaries and office expenses were reduced by over 10.5 percent.  Additionally, in 2011, 2012, and 2013, I supported and helped pass into law pay freezes for Members of Congress.

If we are serious about achieving long-term fiscal responsibility, we must address fiscal accountability. We must target government spending.

More on Economy & Spending

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for legislation to end too big to fail, taxpayer-funded bank bailouts, remove burdensome and duplicative regulations on small businesses, and relieve restrictions on community banks and credit unions that make it harder for people to buy cars, own homes, and provide for their families.  The Financial CHOICE Act, H.R.

Jun 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement in response to President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement:

May 24, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee today passed legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to stop fraud in the distribution of health care tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars.

A 2016 Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs report revealed that, under Obamacare, $750 million in taxpayer-funded health care subsidies went to people who did not qualify for those benefits.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

Barletta testifying at the public hearing on trade deficits.


May 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today detailed highlights of the bill to fund the federal government for the remaining five months of the 2017 fiscal year.  While the current makeup of the Senate and the delay in confirming the president’s team limited the options of what to include in the spending package, Barletta claimed victory on a number of priorities, including strengthening our border security, rebuilding our military, permanently extending retired coal workers’ health care benefits, and restoring funding to programs important to Pennsylvania residents

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Click here for video of Rep. Barletta managing the bill on the House floor.

Apr 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today urged Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to request that the president issue a major disaster declaration to help communities in northeastern Pennsylvania recover from a recent crippling snowstorm.

Mar 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today praised an executive order issued by President Donald J. Trump aimed at streamlining the federal government and eliminating waste.

Mar 3, 2017 Opinion Editorial
By Rep. Lou Barletta
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.