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

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 6, 2018 Press Release

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.

May 11, 2018 Press Release

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

May 9, 2018 Press Release

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):

Apr 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) and Senator Ted Cruz (TX) today joined refinery workers at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol to address growing concerns about the ever-changing pricing of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  RINs are used to determine compliance with the RFS.

Mar 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) introduced H.R. 5294, the Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018.

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) received commitment from U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta to work directly with the Congressional Job Corp Caucus, which Barletta co-chairs, to protect and improve this important program.  Barletta questioned Secretary Acosta during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing entitled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S.

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), Republican Co-Chair of the Job Corps Caucus, claimed victory in his fight to protect the Job Corps program from impending cuts by the Department of Labor (DOL). This week Barletta, along with Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr.

Oct 12, 2017 Opinion Editorial

Back in 1986, Ronald President Reagan reignited the American dream. 

Through simplification and reduction, the tax code's suffocation on income and business was lifted, reversing over a decade of stagnation in America. 

Nearly 31 years after Reagan's landmark reform, President Donald Trump is leading the fight again. 

President Trump knows what will drive economic revival for the people of Pennsylvania. 

Oct 11, 2017 Press Release

HARRISBURG – Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke to a full capacity crowd at the National Guard Hanger in Harrisburg International Airport.  The speech touted the benefits of tax cuts and reform for the American workers, businesses, and the economy.