Lou Barletta talks about spending cuts, programs that work during floor remarks

Mar 29, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday to talk about his most recent district work period, about the need for fiscal responsibility, and about an educational program that works for some of his youngest constituents.

“Throughout the week, I heard from small business owners, local officials, university leaders, teachers, students, Rotarians, and a Purple Heart National Guardsman about the issues facing Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District. Although the voices were different, the message was the same – we need to get our economy back on track,” Lou said to begin his remarks.

Some of the highlights of Lou’s five-minute floor speech:

  • About his comments about federal spending to the Rotary Club of Hazleton: “I let them know that we have a debt crisis in this country – not because Washington taxes too little, but because Washington spends too much. For far too long, the federal government has overspent, overtaxed, and over-borrowed. That stops now.”
  • About an education program in Carbon County: “If we are serious about our economic prosperity, we must cut wasteful spending in favor of investments proven to work. Last week, I visited the SHINE 21st Century After-School Program at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning. Located in 10 schools in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, SHINE is a data-driven, rural education model designed to provide academic enrichment to at-risk students. ... Like the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program, the SHINE model stands out as a program that works.”
  • About bringing Washington back home: “I was privileged last week to welcome Chairman Kline and the House Education and Workforce Committee to Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre for a field hearing on the role of higher education in job growth and development. … I welcomed Chairman Mica, Subcommittee Chairman Shuster, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Scranton for a listening session on the future of our roads and infrastructure.”

“My friends and neighbors in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District are hard-working people, and I will continue to bring their voices to Washington throughout the 112th Congress,” Lou explained.


Watch Lou’s full remarks at: https://www.youtube.com/user/RepLouBarletta?feature=mhum