Congressman Barletta Reports On Constituent Work Week
WASHINGTON –Representative Lou Barletta released the following statement regarding last week’s Constituent Work Week.
“Last week, I had the chance to gain feedback from my neighbors back home, and what I heard should concern us all,” Barletta said. “From my ‘Home to House’ town hall meeting to the numerous discussions I held all over the District, my constituents are deeply alarmed at the state of our economy and its effects on our communities.
“As we work towards getting our fiscal house in order, we need to ensure that any spending reductions are based on fiscal responsibility and common-sense. Two weeks ago, I was proud to stand on the House floor and speak on behalf of my cost-neutral amendments to restore funding to good, quality programs such as the Community Development Fund and the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP.
“Over the course of the past week, I met with the Commission on Economic Opportunity, who showed me first-hand the effects of spending reductions to the Community Development Fund on the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank and after school programs at the Heights/Murray Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre.
“In just the past two months alone, residents in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton have made 3,036 LIHEAP grant requests. At a time when our seniors have not received a cost-of-living adjustment in 2 years, I will continue to fight on behalf of this worthy program and the constituents it supports.
“In these difficult economic times, I felt that it was important to meet with officials from the United Neighborhood Centers and Lackawanna Housing Coalition to discuss constructive ways to provide our most vulnerable citizens with homes and jobs.
“While our country is broke, it is imperative that we remain cognizant of how these painful and necessary spending reductions will affect good, quality programs within our community. I thank all of those who have made theeffort to share their thoughts and concerns with me, and I look forward to receiving more feedback in the future.”