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

Jul 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today scored victory with a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policy allowing property owners greater control of underground oil, gas, or mineral rights that include hydraulic fracturing on property acquired with FEMA mitigation funds.  Barletta in 2014 sent then-FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate a letter urging FEMA to rescind a policy that banned hydraulic fracturing on property purch

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for, and the House unanimously passed, bipartisan legislation to help prepare Americans to enter the workforce with the skills they need to compete for high-skilled, in-demand jobs.  The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2353, strengthens and reauthorizes the Carl D.

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today highlighted the success of the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums, Pennsylvania during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing, “Student Safety in the Job Corps Program,” about improving safety and security at Job Corps centers across the nation.  Barletta, the Republican Chairman of the Job Corps Caucus, said that the Keystone Center’s partnerships with local organizations and businesses have helped to foster a safe and secure environment while benefitting both students and the community.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Barletta and his dog, Reilly, visiting with students from the SHINE afterschool program.

Jun 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded grant funding for a pilot program to extract Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from soil overburden from Jeddo Coal Company’s anthracite mining operation in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.  The possibility of future, large-scale REEs production from anthracite coal could boost job creation and economic growth in northeastern Pennsylvania and present an opportunity for the U.S. to move away from its reliance on China for these minerals.

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 18, 2017 Press Release

Barletta testifying at the public hearing on trade deficits.


May 17, 2017 Press Release

Barletta touring the Luzerne County Community College career and technical programs.

May 7, 2017 Opinion Editorial

By Rep. Lou Barletta

Over the past four months, I have been working with President Donald J. Trump to deliver on his pledge to help the American worker.  His “Buy American, Hire American” executive order is a prime example of how he is keeping his promises to put America first.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) yesterday voted for legislation that would grant workers the flexibility to choose paid time off as compensation for working overtime hours.  While public-sector employees have been given this choice for nearly 30 years, the federal government currently prohibits private-sector workers from enjoying the same benefit.  The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, H.R.