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.
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For too long, high taxes and overregulation led to millions of jobs fleeing our country, unfair trade deals leaving our farmers and manufacturers at a disadvantage back home, and the federal government taking more and more money out of hardworking Americans’ paychecks. But I’ve been working with President Trump over the past two years to make sure the American worker and middle class families are no longer forgotten.
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.
My wife Mary Grace and I are blessed to be the proud parents of four daughters. As former small business owners, we experienced first-hand how difficult it is to balance raising a family and making ends meet.
Currently, 63 percent of American children live in households in which all parents work. Further, women now make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, and research suggests that most of middle-income growth since 1970 is the result of increased workforce participation and education of women.
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) met with Ivanka Trump and members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to discuss the importance of paid family leave and propose legislative solutions to help working parents. Ivanka previously met with Barletta in February in his Washington, D.C. office to discuss the importance of investing in America’s working families
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.
The startling statistics speak for themselves. Every 25 minutes in the U.S., a baby is born having already been exposed to drugs and suffering from withdrawal. Every day, 115 Americans die due to the misuse of opioids. Last year, over 5,000 Pennsylvanians died from drug-related overdoses, a 15 percent increase from 2016.
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.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted for H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018 (WRDA), a bipartisan bill that provides for continued investment in our nation’s water infrastructure, including ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, and ecosystem restoration. WRDA passed the House by a highly bipartisan vote of 408 to 2 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) this week pressed business leaders and educators on how private sector businesses can help local, state, and federal governments prepare Americans workers with today’s in-demand skills during a hearing entitled “Closing the Skills Gap: Private Sector Solutions for America’s Workforce.” The hearing, held by the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, brought business leaders and education experts to the table to discuss creative approac
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) issued the following statement regarding a deal brokered by President Donald J. Trump that addresses the ever-changing pricing of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS):