Lou Barletta votes to pay troops, keep Tobyhanna open through end of year

Apr 7, 2011
Press Release


WASHINGTON– Today, U.S. Representative Lou Barletta voted to keep paying our troops, even in the event of a government shutdown, through the end of the fiscal year in September.

Lou voted in support of HR 1363, Department of Defense and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2011, which includes a full Defense appropriations bill providing $515.8 billion for the Defense Department, including $157.8 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Most importantly, HR 1363:

  • Keeps paychecks coming to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – even in the event of a government shutdown – through the end of September.
  • Funds operations at military facilities around the country, including Tobyhanna Army Depot, the largest employer in the 11th Congressional District.
  • Ensures that defense contractors, including those in Scranton and other locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania, continue to be paid according to their contracts.

“Last week, I said that if you don’t do the work, you don’t get paid. This week, I’m saying that our men and women in uniform are working very hard, and they are very deserving of their paychecks. They and their families rely on those paychecks, and I voted to make sure they keep coming,” Lou said. “Our troops should not be caught in the political crossfire of Washington’s antics.

“This bill will also make sure that operations at Tobyhanna Army Depot and at military equipment providers across the 11th District are not affected by any government shutdown,” Lou added. “Thousands of families rely on those employers, and I was proud to act to protect those jobs.”

HR 1363 also funds all government operations for a week while trimming $12 billion in excessive government spending.