As the father of two teachers, I recognize the vital challenges teachers face in educating today’s youth, our nation’s future.

In today’s increasingly global economy, American students need the skills necessary to succeed. This might be one of the greatest challenges in Congress; to support state and local governments in providing a quality, well-rounded education to all our nation’s students.

I believe we should focus on providing states and school districts with more flexibility in the use of federal funds, empowering parents, supporting effective teachers, eliminating duplicative programs, and reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s (ESEA) outdated accountability system.

Additionally, in these tough economic times, it is clear we need smart solutions to get our economy moving again and putting Americans back to work. I recognize that institutions of higher learning are critical to our nation’s economic recovery. They help ensure that students and workers have the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.  Therefore, I am committed to finding long-term solutions for postsecondary education; most importantly, keeping college tuition within reach for our nation’s students.

In order to grow and support institutions of higher learning, I am also committed to reducing federal overreach in higher education and promoting increased transparency to protect students and taxpayers.

More on Education

Oct 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) commended the U.S.

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.

Jul 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) highlighted the success of a Northeastern Pennsylvania afterschool program at an Education Innovation Showcase and Forum hosted by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The bipartisan event focused on the accomplishments of 23 innovators, including schools, apprenticeship programs, trade associations, and educational organizations from across the country, giving repres

Jun 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) commended the U.S.

Jun 18, 2018 Opinion Editorial

As I go to work at the U.S. Capitol, I pass vehicle barricades, armed guards, metal detectors and police dogs. Yet, while my colleagues and I go to work every day without any fear of attacks, our teachers and students go to school hoping that nothing happens to them. It’s embarrassing and unacceptable.

If we as government officials can protect ourselves, we can do the same for our students.

Jun 12, 2018 Press Release

CARLISLE – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today hosted a congratulatory picnic for the students he nominated to the U.S. service academies, and who were offered and accepted appointments.  The academies which offered appointments to Barletta’s nominees include the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  

Jun 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) testified at the Federal Commission on School Safety’s public listening session.  Held at the U.S. Department of Education’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the listening session focused on gathering information from stakeholders, experts, and the public on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety.  Barletta discussed his school security bill, the Protecting Our Kids Act (H.R.

Jun 1, 2018 Press Release

HARRISBURG – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) and State Senator Mike Regan (R-31) held a press conference at the State Capitol to issue a call to action on school security.  Barletta and Regan discussed federal and state efforts to increase school security and improve student safety, and were joined by Cumberland Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Withum, Camp Hill School District Superintendent Dr.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) discussed student safety during a hearing in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.  The hearing focused on the implementation of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act’s motor carrier provisions, which increased funding for and consolidated motor carrier grant programs, and streamlined programs to reduce administrative cost and regulatory burdens on states. 

May 23, 2018 Press Release

Earlier today, Congressman Barletta (PA-11) spoke on the House floor and demanded action from Congress to secure America’s schools.  You will find a transcript of the Congressman’s speech below and can view the video of the speech here:


The Speaker Pro Tempore: The chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr. Barletta, for five minutes.