Barletta Retains House Committee Assignments in 115th Congress

Feb 8, 2017
Press Release
Again Named Chairman of Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee

Member of Key Homeland Subcommittee on Counterterrorism & Intelligence

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that he has retained all of his previous committee assignments for the new 115th Congress, including as a subcommittee chairman on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) and as a member of a key subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee.  Barletta will again serve as chairman of the T&I Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.  Barletta also remains a member of the important Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.  He will also again serve on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he sits on two subcommittees.

“Committee assignments are key to being an effective member of the House, because they are where most of the legislative work is done, and I am once again pleased to serve on three committees that cover issues that are very important to me and the 11th District of Pennsylvania,” Barletta said.  “Transportation is a natural fit, because I came from a family road construction company and am very concerned with the state of our infrastructure system.  Additionally, in this time of rising terrorism threats and open U.S. borders, homeland security is more important now than it has ever been.  And finally, education is an area of great interest for me, particularly in helping to create a better-trained workforce in an always-evolving economy.”

Barletta remains at the helm of the T & I Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, where he has changed the way the federal government manages its office space, leases, and real estate portfolio.  Through Barletta’s leadership, the subcommittee’s work has already saved taxpayers more than $3 billion through better stewardship of public buildings.  The subcommittee has also undertaken a reform of disaster response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“In the next five years, half of all federal leases, or 100 million square feet of space, will expire,” Barletta said.  “Since last congress, we have worked to reduce the federal footprint through consolidating space and improving space utilization.  With the large number of leases expiring in the near future, we have a good opportunity to save even more.”

“I welcome Congressman Barletta back to lead this important subcommittee,” said T & I Chairman, Bill Shuster (PA-9).  “His previous work as Chairman has already helped save the American taxpayers billions of dollars.  This Congress will present new and unique opportunities to continue saving money for taxpayers, including through reforms of federal real estate management and reforms to federal disaster response programs.  This will be a busy Congress for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Barletta’s subcommittee will play a key role in our efforts.”

Barletta’s complete subcommittee assignments are:

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

  • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management (Chairman)
  • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
  • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Homeland Security Committee

  • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
  • Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Education and the Workforce Committee

  • Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development
  • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions