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

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to reform our nation’s disaster response and recovery passed the House for the third time.  Barletta’s Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) was included as part of H.R. 302, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.  H.R.

Sep 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) was named a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation (NRF), the world’s largest retail trade association, in recognition of his consistent support for policies important to the retail industry, including millions of small businesses.  The award was presented to Barletta by the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Retailers Association, John Holub.

Sep 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted for H.R. 1635, the Empowering Students through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act.  H.R. 1635, which passed the House by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 406 to 4, would provide enhanced financial counseling for federal student aid recipients, ensuring they are able to choose the higher education path best suited for them.

Aug 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) addressed members of the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association, an organization with 345 member companies spanning 20 different counties.  Members of the association were able to speak directly with Barletta about policies, regulations, and other topics that affect their businesses.    

Jun 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) introduced H.R.

Jun 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which includes Medicaid, Medicare, and public health reforms to combat the opioid epidemic by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting communities, and increasing efforts to combat illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl.  Importantly, H.R. 6 also includes H.R.

Jun 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, which authorizes a number of agriculture programs and policies that provide certainty for our nation’s farmers, ranchers, and foresters, and help Americans get back into the workforce. 

Jun 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that on Thursday, June 14, 2018, the U.S.

Jun 13, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 5294, the Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) that would address the impacts of opioid addiction on labor force participation and economic development, and provide communities with the tools necessary to find solutions to this epidemic.

Jun 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5895, legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), military construction initiatives, energy and water programs, and legislative branch operations.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of this legislation, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 235 to 179.