Barletta Bulletins

Jun 10, 2014 Barletta Bulletin

We just observed Memorial Day a few weeks ago.  It is a holiday to honor those who have given their lives to protect this country.  In all of our armed conflicts, Americans have spilled their blood and given their lives – in many cases on behalf of people in foreign lands they had never met or heard of before.  Our Veterans epitomize what it is to be an American, and we owe them a debt we

May 4, 2014 Barletta Bulletin

Senate Playing Politics with Volunteer Firefighters

Mar 17, 2014 Barletta Bulletin

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed my legislation to protect volunteer firefighters and emergency responders from the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. 

Mar 9, 2014 Barletta Bulletin

We May Have Lost a Battle, but We Haven't Lost the War

On March 3, the Supreme Court refused to hear the City of Hazleton’s case, which was in defense of an ordinance I passed while I was mayor.  We said that if you are a landlord or employer, the city would suspend your business license if you knowingly rented to, or hired an illegal immigrant.

Feb 9, 2014 Barletta Bulletin

The State of Our Union

A week ago, President Obama tried to convince us that our economy is better off today than it was when he first took office.  However, our national debt is 18 trillion dollars and growing, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has proven disastrous, and executive overreach has become the new normal in Washington.  

Jan 13, 2014 Barletta Bulletin

As you may know, under the Employer Mandate Provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers with 50 or more employees must provide health insurance or pay penalties.  I have been concerned that since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) currently views volunteer firefighters as employees, fire companies and municipalities would be forced to provide health insurance or pay a fine, saddling t

Dec 31, 2013 Barletta Bulletin

We are already half way through the 113th Congress.  This year, I remained focused on supporting legislation to help grow our economy, fix our broken health care system, and fight illegal immigration, among other things.  As this year comes to a close, I’m writing to share a few highlights from 2013 and to gather your feedback on the issues affecting Pennsylvanians and our fellow Americans acro

Nov 17, 2013 Barletta Bulletin

The House Keeps the President's Broken Promise
For the last six weeks, Americans have been dealing with a broken website, and even worse, a broken promise.  President Obama repeatedly pledged that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.  Period.”   That pledge turned out to be hollow as the cancellations began to mount.

Oct 23, 2013 Barletta Bulletin

As your Congressman, I want to remind you that Medicare open enrollment began on October 15, 2013.  If you are pleased with your current Medicare plan, you do not need to take any additional steps.  However, if you would like to adjust your Medicare participation plan, you can do this during the open enrollment period from October 15, 2013 through December 7, 2013.

Oct 11, 2013 Barletta Bulletin

As you know, the House has voted on multiple continuing resolutions (CRs) to fund the government for FY14, each time including a provision to delay, defund, or otherwise dismantle all or parts of Obamacare.  For each subsequent vote, the bar for agreement was lowered, yet the Senate rejected each attempt to compromise.  The Senate went so far as to refuse to subject themselves, the rest of Cong